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UPDATE: No working smoke detectors found in house of deadly fire

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Published: Jan. 4, 2018 at 3:26 PM EST
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UPDATE 8:55 AM

The West Virginia State Fire Marshal's Office reports there were no working smoke alarms in a home where a fire killed three people and injured two others.

The fire broke out about 7:30 a.m. Thursday along Elk River Road in the Sugar Creek area.

Fire investigators say the victims of the fire were adults. A 58-year-old woman, a 27-year-old man and a 26-year-old man all died in the fire.

The two people injured in the fire are still at the West Penn Burn Center. There is no word on their conditions.

Fire investigators say they are still trying to determine what caused the fire.

Along with the loss of life, the fire caused phone outages for many people in the surrounding area. By late Thursday night, the phone service had been mostly restored. There were still a few dozen people without it in the extreme rural areas of the county. The estimated restoration time for them is around noon Friday.

Anyone having heat or phone issues may go to the Frametown Fire Department.


ORIGINAL STORY

Three bodies have been recovered after a house fire in Braxton County. State Fire Marshals believe all three victims are adults.

The fire happened on Elk River Road in the Sugar Creek area.

Throughout the day, crews were also working to locate two family members who were unaccounted for. Those two people have been found safe this evening.

Two people were injured in the fire and escaped with the help of neighbors. State Fire Marshals say one of the victims was taken to a burn treatment center in Pittsburgh. There is no word how they are recovering.

"Anytime there's a fire, it's a tragic event, period. When you add a loss of life it just makes it horrific for people and especially in a small town area," says Deputy State Fire Marshal Jason Baltic.

The National Guard has set up a warming station for first responders, as they are expected to be on scene throughout the night.

About 1,000 residents in that area are not able to call 911 due to power lines being damaged in the fire. If there is an emergency, they are asked to go to the Frametown Fire Department where firefighters can radio the 911 center.

Elk River Road remains closed to traffic.

There is no word what caused the fire.

Keep checking WSAZ Mobile and WSAZ.com for the latest information.


UPDATE 1/4/18 @ 5:50 p.m.

A second body has been found inside a home destroyed by fire Thursday morning, crews at the scene say.

The body of a third victim is suspected to be inside the house along Elk River Road.

Two other people were hurt, including one who was taken to a Pittsburgh hospital. The other person suffered minor injuries.

The fire started around 7:30 a.m. Thursday.

Crews from Frametown and Gassaway fire departments responded to the fire, which damaged phone lines in the area. Crews are still putting out hot spots and are bringing in an excavator soon to remove some debris.

UPDATE 1/4/18 @ 2:09 p.m.

One body has been removed from a house fire along Elk River Road in Braxton County.

The fire started about 7:30 a.m. on Thursday.

State Fire Marshals tell WSAZ that two people were injured in the fire. So far, one body has been recovered. Two other victims are suspected to be inside that home.

Additionally, two other people haven't been located. State Fire Marshals aren't sure if they were inside the home when the fire started or not.

The two people were were injured were taken to a hospital in Pittsburgh.

Frametown and Gassaway Fire Departments responded to the fire Thursday.

The National Guard is sending in a warming station for first responders as they are expected to be on scene all day.

At this time, Elk River Road remains closed to traffic.

Braxton County 911 dispatchers confirm that phone lines were damaged in the fire. About a thousand residents in that area are not able to call 911 so if there is an emergency they are asked to go to the Frametown Fire Department where firefighters can radio the 911 center.

Frontier is on scene but they are unable to start repairs immediately because of smoke from the fire. Weather permitting, they plan to have the lines fixed within 24 hours.

ORIGINAL STORY 1/4/18 @ 9:56 a.m.

Three people are dead after a house fire in Braxton County, according to the West Virginia State Fire Marshal's Office.

The fire started around 7:30 a.m.

The office also says two people were also injured in the fire.

West Virginia State Police tell WSAZ all five people involved were inside the home during the fire.

The injured people were taken to the hospital.

The fire was at a home on Elk River Road outside of Gassaway.

WVSP say 911 lines are also down in the area.

We have a crew at the scene.